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Illinois Teacher Licensure for Out-of-State Applicants

For complete information about applying for a teaching license in Illinois as a graduate of a teacher preparation program located in another state (e.g., Michigan), please see the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website. Questions about licensure in Illinois should be addressed to the ISBE directly.

When you access the ISBE website, scroll down and choose Educator Licensure. Above the "Log in to ELIS" button you will see a link to How to Naviate Educator Licensure Video. The video will be helpful. Back on the Educator Licensure page, under Licensure select Requirements. From there, select Out of State/Out of Country PEL/ELS(PEDU) from the "Resources" menu on the left side of the screen. This will take you to table that shows "Specific Requirements to Earn Each Illinois Credential for Out-of-State and Out-of-Country Applicants." Requirements for the "Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Provisional Educator" are shown in the first column; however, you will also be able to view requirements for extending or renewing the initial license and advancing to the Professional Educator License (PEL)

You must have a valid Michigan teaching certificate before applying for a license in Illinois. Applicants should apply for the full license (Professional Educator License) and register to take the applicable content-area test(s) as soon as possible. The ISBE will evaluate your application and issue a provisional license (the Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Provisional Educator). If applicable content-area tests have been passed and passing scores on a basic skills test have been verified by MSU's Certification Officer on Form #80-03 prior to the review, the ISBE will issue a two-year provisional license. If content-area tests have not been passed (or passing scores on a test of basic skills have not been verified on Form #80-03), a one-year provisional license will be issued. The one-year license can be extended for an additional year with verification of passing scores on a test of basic skills and the appropriate content-area tests. A deficiency letter informing you of requirements that must be completed before advancing to the PELwill be available online. These requirements will likely include additional coursework (see below) and passing the edTPA. These requirements can be completed while teaching on the provisional license. The license can be renewed for an additional two years if you have not been employed full-time on the license. After the two years (or after an additional two-year renewal, if applicable), the provisional license will expire and the candidate must advance to the Professional Educator License.

Requirements for One-Year Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Provisional Educator:

  1. Valid, comparable Michigan teaching certificate
  2. MSU transcript demonstrating an earned bachelor's degree
  3. Verification of completion of an approved teacher preparation program (After completing your portion of Form #80-02, send form to MSU Certification Office, 620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 or email form to commen@msu.edu.)

Additional Requirements for Two-Year Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Provisional Educator:

  1. Verification of Basic Skills (This should be submitted with your initial application. After completing your portion of Form #80-03, send form to MSU Certification Office, 620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 or email form to commen@msu.edu.)
  2. Passing score(s) on applicable content area test(s)

Additional Requirements for the Professional Educator License (PEL) for Applicants Prepared Out of State (these requirements can be completed while teaching on the initial license):

  1. A passing score on the edTPA
  2. Successful completion of coursework in cross-categorical special education methods; MSU students who completed the special education program have met this requirement.
  3. Successful completion of coursework in ESL/bilingual methods; MSU students who completed the TESOL minor have met this requirement.
  4. Successful completion of coursework in the methods of reading and reading in the content area; All MSU students who completed the teacher preparation program have completed this requirement.

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